Andrew Slack (58)
It would indeed be excellent to see the boys who're outside the Wallabies and sticking around for '24 have 3-5 games scheduled against pro opposition to learn and build together. Wests are fine, but it's not the same.
100% need opposition where analysts have gone over hours of footage to develop game plans, opposition players that have trained in a certain way that week to negate strengths and weaknesses of opposition and prob done several hours of video footage to identify. Plus the little things like pressure of been on tv etc. things that change the fabric of the type of game been played that you just can’t get at club levelIt would indeed be excellent to see the boys who're outside the Wallabies and sticking around for '24 have 3-5 games scheduled against pro opposition to learn and build together. Wests are fine, but it's not the same.
Tua would be a good get, is he Australian?I don't want to shortcut what we're doing with too much: but it's fairly clear that a handful of senior/important positions will need to be recruited around: Sakaia-Loto is a nice one for one with Phillip, but there's no question that we need at minimum 1, probably 2 Centers, a scrum half, and a hooker who can throw.
In terms of centers, I don't want a youngster: to be frank, we have absolutely sucked at developing centers, the players who've performed best in those roles for us (Hodgey aside) have been those who've had substantial super exposure elsewhere (Ellison, Inman, O'Connor, Harris, Meakes) That's not to say there haven't been failures there too (Sidey, Magnay etc.).
Most domestic centers look to be locked up unfortunately: Tamati Tua and Isaac Henry seem to be the only names of note currently uncontracted. Sam Johnson has been noted elsewhere: my left field pick would be Matt Proctor, who seems to be clubless at 30 after having been released by Northampton.
Rebels have been pretty good to watch this year. They do need to find a Centre. Tuipolotu likely to re sign with the Tahs apparently. I also think finding a young 9 should be high on the priority list.
I'm still pretty surprised the rebels didn't make a bigger play for Werchon, given his connection with the Gordon's and the relative youth of the Reds 3 other 9s.!00% agree but there is nothing out there! all the good young ones are signed up. Wilson will shadow JG at the tahs & Thorn will now play 21 with NW going west.
Foote clearly has no time for Tuttle, while Louwrens is both unsigned & not going to be the player that pushes us from cellar dwellers to mid-table.It’s not like Ryan and Tuttle are bad and don’t have a couple of years left but might be worth really going and having a look at the Aus U18s/School Boys this year and have a long term vision. With some luck Gordon will the be there a long time and you can bring through a 9.
Wouldn’t be a bad shout. Rumour was the Brumbies were keen on him.Maybe try to get Harrison Goddard back? Everyone that previously ruined him has gone. He’s going to be 3 at the tahs next yr & was a lot better player that Louwrens when they were both in the mlr
I really don't see Anderson as a power carrier. I see him as an out and out finisher. If he has to beat someone it usually doesn't end well.Agree, need a focal point in centres. Anderson is probably the biggest power carrier we have, he’s not bad but need someone else with some punch. Nu’u could of been a lot of help at 12.
Vaihu and Ripley are the hopes. This is where a SRAU would be amazing to get 4-5 games into them with Vaihu on Ioane’s wing and Ripley learn that at the pro level his lose play doesn’t work.
he’s been playing for wests all year. Killing it. The form qpr halfback (when he’s not sharing the role with Werchon or CCJ)What happened to Moses Sorovi is he still there?